GOP vote-counter on gun control: Let's focus more on mental health

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Democrats to nix B for Israel's Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (R-La.) says lawmakers should focus on addressing mental health and breakdowns in law enforcement in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

"Let's focus more on addressing these problems in mental health that we've started to deal with in Congress," Scalise, the chief vote-counter for House Republicans, said on Fox News. 


"Let's close loopholes, let's figure out what went wrong with the government before people start talking about taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens," he continued. 

Scalise, who was shot last year in an attack on a congressional baseball practice, noted that the FBI has admitted that it failed to follow up on a tip about the alleged gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. 

"We've seen so many breakdowns in different levels of government. Federal, of course, with the FBI completely dropping the ball months ago when they had this kid handed to them on a silver platter. At the local level, we're finding out more and more disturbing information about the local sheriff's deputies, at least one or more who were on that site armed to protect those kids," he said.  

The shooting, which took the lives of 17 people, has reignited the gun control debate across the country. 

Many of the students who survived the shooting, as well as Democrats, have called for stricter gun control laws. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE has called for "comprehensive" background checks, in addition to calling for the end of bump stock sales and a rise in the age required to purchase weapons like the AR-15.

However, the National Rifle Association and many Republicans have spoken out against raising the age to buy an AR-15.

Law enforcement's response to the shooting has also come under intense scrutiny. 

Broward County police and the FBI were reportedly warned that Cruz could pose a threat prior to the shooting.

The police department has also been hit after it was revealed that officers allegedly failed to enter the building after responding to calls about a shooter. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced on Sunday the state was launching a formal investigation into law enforcement's response.